News & Exhibits

September 3, 2015

September 18 - December 18

Take a peek at what lies beneath, in Whalebone to Steel: The Shape of Fashion, a new textile exhibition at the University of New Hampshire Museum.

Past exhibitions have focused on lovely gowns and surface details, but Whalebone to Steel: The Shape of Fashion, the latest effort by guest curator Astrida Schaeffer, lifts skirts and unbuttons bodices to reveal the true ‘Victoria’s secrets’ — the corsets, hoops, bustles and more, that shaped and supported the changing silhouettes of women’s clothes from the 18th to the early 20th centuries.

Some of the foundation garments displayed are designed to reshape the body, while some added to the body to change the profile. Early corsets and their precursors, called “stays,” were stiffened with reeds, cords, or whalebone (actually baleen) as a means of supporting the torso and bust. As technology advanced in the mid-19th century steel boning became the norm and the hourglass figure emerged as a result of steel’s shaping qualities.

According to Schaeffer:

Contrary to urban legend, that didn’t mean fainting ladies and rib removal; the exhibition makes the case that much of what we think we know about what it was like to live in a corset is a myth. In fact women lived quite active lives while corseted and could even be fairly athletic.

Where corsetry physically altered the body, hoops and bustles affected women’s shapes by building out artificially from it with cages of steel and other materials. The exhibition showcases a range of these items, as well as contemporary attitudes towards women's’ fashionably ballooning forms.

The core of the items on view comes from the Irma Bowen Textile Collection at UNH, which holds some 700 textile pieces donated to the university by Bowen. These pieces were originally gathered as teaching tools for the home economics dressmaking classes she taught at UNH from the 1920s to the 1940s.

In addition, generous loans from collections at the Brick Store Museum, John Paul Jones House, Museums of Old York, Strawbery Banke Museum, and the Wentworth Lear Historic Houses help fill out the story of how women’s clothes were shaped by their underthings.

The exhibition is sponsored by the University Museum and funded in part by the E.Ruth Buxton Stephenson Memorial Fund.

The University Museum, located in the Dimond Library, is open Monday through Friday, 12 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday noon to 8 p.m. Closed November 11, & 26 to 28.

Visit our Museum page for directions, parking information, photos, and more information on the exhibition and related programs.

Media contact: Dale Valena
University Museum, UNH
603-862-1081

September 2, 2015

We will be updating the Library web site on Friday, September 4th, at 8:00 am. The site may be down for up to one hour.

While the site is down, you can access these systems directly:

August 31, 2015

The Library is working to improve the usability of our space and we need your help. The usability study will take approximately one hour in Dimond Library.

For your hour of participation, you will receive a $15 Dining Services card, good at any Dining location on campus, or a USB flash drive.

Please note:
Current or former UNH library employees will not be eligible for the purposes of this study.
Participants will be asked to wear a GoPro while carrying out tasks during the study.

If you’re interested in helping us with our study, please contact Kristin Parker for more information.

August 26, 2015

We are honored to share that Dimond Library is the first depository library in New Hampshire to receive a Depository Library Spotlight.

You can read the Depository Library Spotlight article on Dimond Library in the GPO newsletter. You can also visit our Government Information page to learn more about our resources and services.

We would like to thank and congratulate the Government Information Faculty & Staff, and everyone who aids in creating, promoting, and maintaining this collection.

August 25, 2015

Our current featured Government Information resource is provided by the USDA. Choose MyPlate provides practical information to individuals, health professionals, nutrition educators, and the food industry to help consumers build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly nutrition information.

As Americans are experiencing epidemic rates of overweight and obesity, the online resources and tools can empower people to make healthier food choices for themselves, their families, and their children.

MyPlate illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet using a familiar image - a place setting for a meal. Before you eat, think about what goes on your plate or in your cup or bowl. MyPlate also provides tips for eating healthy foods on a budget and adding physical activity to your routine.

With calculators, quizzes, tip-lists, and even videos, MyPlate provides a wide range of tools to help you make more informed choices about your health.

For more information, visit our Government Information page.

August 6, 2015

Planned Campus Power Outages will be happening around campus on Saturday, August 8th. The Library will be open 10:00am-5:00pm.

Dimond Library will not have power from 8:00am-9:00am, and again from 5:00pm-6:00pm. During these times, the website will not be available.

While the site is down, you can access our catalogs directly:

August 5, 2015

The Milne New Book Room—located on Level 3 of Dimond Library—is looking great thanks to some recent renovations. In addition to being a lovely place to sit and work, this room is where you can browse newly acquired books, magazines, and newspapers.

New paint, shelving, and furniture have brightened things up, so the space is more inviting and functional than ever. USB ports in the comfortable chairs make it convenient to charge your devices.

We welcome you to come check out our new, New Book Room!

August 3, 2015

The Library wants to improve the usability of our space and we need participants to help us figure out how. The usability study will take approximately one hour in Dimond Library.

For your hour of participation, you will receive a $15 Dining Services card, good at any Dining location on campus, or a USB flash drive.

Please note:
Current or former UNH library employees will not be eligible for the purposes of this study.
Participants will be asked to wear a GoPro while carrying out tasks during the study.

If you’re interested in helping us with our study, please contact Kristin Parker for more information.

August 3, 2015

We now have a subscription to American Ancestors, provided by New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS).

American Ancestors provides access to genealogical records spanning the U.S. and beyond. This resource features collections of early American records, and the largest searchable collection of published genealogical research journals and magazines. Content includes English, New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont), New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia materials.

Please note: this resource is accessible only on workstations in Dimond Library; there is no wireless access.

July 29, 2015

We have a new online resources through the ARTFL Project.

The Project for American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language (ARTFL) is a cooperative enterprise of the Laboratoire ATILF (Analyse et Traitement Informatique de la Langue Française) of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the Division of the Humanities, and Electronic Text Services (ETS) of the University of Chicago.

Through this subscription, we now have access to: